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I referred to this term in my posting below. Maybe there's a better word for it that I don't know. Maybe I've come up with a term that'll be used by everyone in future.
It basically means a way to get out of the city when the SHTF. If you're an utter moron or a real party-lover, this could mean 1 or 2 am, on 1/1/00. Third Millenium, my company, might do a corridor service so that people can stay at parties to see in the new year.
My corridor strategy assumes that the roads will be jammed. Either by police roadblocks or, far more likely, traffic jams caused by defective or broken vehicles, or simply by other people wishing to get the hell out by car. It also assumes that sections of the city will be highly dangerous to move through.
In a coastal city, it'll be easy. Get a motorboat. Hire it for a week-long period on NYE; that saves you having to buy one. Park it somewhere accessable. Maybe you can even spend NYE on it, if you want. When you bug out, go in your boat along the coast until you reach the place where you've parked your car, well outside the city limits. It could be a several-hour journey, if a big city. Park your boat somewhere, perhaps at the nearest marina, get into your car and leave.
Then there's the helicopter option, if you're VERY rich.
Or the "charter plane out" option, to a country airfield where you can get to your vehicle. This assumes that planes can take off while the control tower's radar is going screwballs.
Of course, corridors are for idiots. Smart people will get the hell out days before 1/1/00. But there's an old retail saying that customers ARE idiots, and if I can make a fat profit on their idiocy.. then great ;)
-- Leo (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1998
Don't dismiss these people as idiots so quickly. There are any number of circumstances that could keep someone in town. If a family member needs access to modern medicine, for example: in a bad but not TEOTWAWKI scenario, being in town close to Red Cross/FEMA efforts could save the person, while being way out in the country would be a death sentence. So, you stay in town and cross your fingers, while laying corridor plans just in case. Not a nice situation at all.
-- Shimrod (email@example.com), December 17, 1998.
Martial law is likely to be put into effect well in advance of 1/1/00. Reason: stock market crash, bank system collapse, panic buying, etc. - as a result of undeniable '99 failures. NYE will be locked up tight, I'll wager; we'll all GI by then, and anticipating further disorder.
A motorcycle is a good way to get through a traffic jam. As for roadblocks, try logging roads, even hiking trails (w/ cycle).
-- E. Coli (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1998.
I think Leo's goofin on you guys. I could make his bit funny but I'm feeling unloved and unappreciated so I have no motivation.
-- Jimmy Bagga Doughnuts (email@example.com), December 17, 1998.
Jimmy, you ARE unloved and unappreciated. F*** off.
-- Leo (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1998.
Now, now, Leo -- take a deep breath -- remember the drill here---
-- Tom Carey (email@example.com), December 18, 1998.
Which drill, Tom? The one that I'd like to bore through that moron's skull with, in order to insert jelly and thus triple his IQ?
-- Leo (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 18, 1998.
I don't get it. Please enlighten me. Why would 250 million people leave their homes? Leave everything behind to go where? If they haven't prepared a place to go then they wouldn't leave their homes. Also the third millennium starts at the international date line about 5:00 AM 12/31/99 on the East coast. So the news would spread from the Far East.
-- Maria (email@example.com), December 18, 1998.